Saturday, December 20, 2008

My Friend the Artist *

Of all the things I gave up when I left the 9 to 5 world to become a full time freelance copywriter, I miss my friends the most. It's different when you're working from home. Yes, I do have the occasional meeting or conference call with my clients and I can still speak to my friends over the phone, but it is still not the same thing as being there with your friends every weekday, having lunch in our favourite cafe, enjoying an afternoon chat over coffee or even gossiping about the office politics.

As some of you already know, Emila and I used to be colleagues at our last place of employment. On my first day at work, I was as usual fashionably late, although I really didn't mean to be late. Traffic from Subang Jaya, which was my former place of residence, was utterly unforgivable that Monday morning, which saw me being half an hour late for my first day. It was then that I first met Emila, who was the graphic artist for the Corporate Communications department I was placed in. Though it took us several months to get really chummy, the wait was worthwhile for we eventually became close buddies and I discovered that we shared more than one thing in common.

I remember the mornings when I'd arrive early and we'd have breakfast together at her cosy little room. We both love word games and spent many lunch breaks inside her room playing our much beloved Text Twist on her PC. And sometimes, when I had nothing to do in the office, I'd hang out with her in her room watching her do amazing stuff on her PC, creating graphics for our former boss or working on a special project, all the while in awe at her creativity and artistic skills.

Specifically I recall that one lazy afternoon where Emila along with two of our gal pals and myself found ourselves bored with nothing to do work wise. We ended up having a little drawing competition inside Emila's work room. I'm certain you can guess which drawing belongs to our resident artist Emila, but can you figure out which one is mine? Don't laugh okay? Told ya I can't draw well! ;)





When I left my office for good more than 4 years ago, we still kept in touch but our coffee moments together were far from regular. I had to concentrate on my freelance work while she was still working in the same office I said goodbye to earlier. Our friendship was rekindled once again when we both ventured into the world of blogging. Me with Wishing On A Falling Star and Mariuca's Perfume Gallery and Emila with Emila's Illustrated Blog. In a way, blogging got us back into the routine we both shared in the office, saying hello daily and sharing what goes on in our respective lives through our visits and comments on each other's blogs.

Over the years, Emila has made an even stronger impact in the art scene with her creativity and undeniable talent. Her work has won several recognitions and prizes to date but my proudest moment of having her as an artist friend was the day I found out she is being featured in a local art exhibition! Participating in a Charity Art Exhibition
at Kerinchi Foyer, Wisma UOA, Emila will be showcasing some of her best work for all to view and admire! Organised by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the exhibition is open to public daily from 10am - 6pm, displaying some of the wonderful artwork from our local artists. You will now get a chance to view some of Emila's wonderful work in a real exhibition for the very first time. The exhibition will run for one whole month, beginning 18th December 2008, so please drop by if you can to show some love and support for Emila.

I've always been in awe of Emila's work and I claim to be her number 1 Fan, which is why I always turn to her for my own Mariuca illustrations and products. There is no other artist that I trust as much as Emila to satisfy my artistic needs. For Emila to finally receive the much-awaited recognition she so richly deserve through her participation in this exhibition, I am just so proud of her! Congratulations Emila, here's to many more successful ventures in the creative world you so rightly command! :)

Posted at 8.27 PM

* The first person to leave a comment on any post title that ends with a star will receive a link back to his or her blog for being my first commentator!



emilayusof December 20, 2008 8:43 PM

Oh wow! thank you Marzie for featuring me here! I am so flattered!

If there would be a wrinkle of time, I would definitely use it to go back to those moments. Seriously, I really like your drawing; it's what we call naive art!

Thank you dear for promoting the charity exhibition as well! Come to the exhibition everybody!

Bobby Revell December 20, 2008 9:11 PM

Hi Marzie! Yours is the one with the smiling sun of course . . . you genius artist you! I've always loved Emila's art (Hi Emila!) and I wish her continued and more spectacular success:)

Anonymous,  December 20, 2008 9:16 PM

wow how sweet of GP! that is so nice to feature a friend!

Anonymous,  December 20, 2008 10:05 PM

Here On My New Mobile Reader ... Hello From Speedycat!

Anonymous,  December 20, 2008 10:19 PM

Congrats to both of you..this really show how important is friendship...I feel really GREAT be part of your Fantastic friendship.

Anonymous,  December 20, 2008 10:20 PM

An hour too late to chop!


Anonymous,  December 20, 2008 10:26 PM

Alakazam worked... I see your sidebar today.


Anonymous,  December 20, 2008 10:46 PM

I'm going to guess that you drew the cat.


LadyJava December 20, 2008 10:54 PM drew the cat I'm!!

Oh Emila is a fantastic artist.. I love her drawings and her work of art. I'm also proud to know such a talented artist!

Well done Emila dearie and you're such a wonderful friend to feature her here GP!

LadyJava December 20, 2008 10:56 PM

GP!! I think kan even your TC comments over at MPG is not working right.. in fact I think mine also lah... something is going on with blogspot and I have not found out anything yet!

LadyJava December 20, 2008 10:57 PM

But I'm loving my new plugin .. in fact am thinking of adding the commentluv plugin as well..!

foongpc December 21, 2008 12:51 AM

Since you say you can't draw well, I'm going to guess it's the 2nd drawings with the mushrooms and cat! Did I guess correctly? : )
Btw, I love the 4th drawing of the bridge. Lovely!

Anonymous,  December 21, 2008 12:55 AM

GP! What nice post about Emila....she truly deserves the recognition!! Oh yes I'm free, I'm free LOL well at least for a few weeks

Cheers GP and your picture must be with the cat in front...right? :)

Monica December 21, 2008 4:36 AM

Hi Mariuca! yours is the one with a cat!? ;-)

Monica December 21, 2008 4:38 AM

Emila, Congratulations!!!

Monica December 21, 2008 4:45 AM

alamak..I can't see your sidebar hun!

Monica December 21, 2008 4:46 AM

what happened huh? will come back and drop later..

Pok Dell December 21, 2008 9:46 AM

The 1st and 2nd pic looks like my daughter's drawing..tehehehe..

Kim December 21, 2008 6:31 PM

whoo hoo ...Mariuca
Emila is famous and deservedly so !!!
a lovely post and I'm going to guess the first drawing as yours ...the one with the plant... :)

Mariuca December 21, 2008 7:04 PM

YAY! Emila, congrats on being my FC here, and for such an appropriate post too! Mariuca loves ya! :):):)

Mariuca December 21, 2008 7:06 PM

Emila, of coz I hafta feature you here, this is a great achievement for you and I do share your joy plus I really am proud of you, congrats again dear! :):):)

Wah... I like the sound of naive art he he, ada jugak category for my drawing LOL! Those were the best days kan? HUGS! ;)

Mariuca December 21, 2008 7:09 PM

Muahahahahhaha Bobby!!! Thank you for the kind compliment, you made me smile lol! I love Emila's work too, she is truly amazing eh? :):):)

Mariuca December 21, 2008 7:10 PM

It was my pleasure to feature Emila here, thanks Ruby! :):):)

Mariuca December 21, 2008 7:10 PM

Speedy! thanks for coming by with ur mobile reader woot! :):):)

Mariuca December 21, 2008 7:11 PM

Thank you BONO! Emila and I share a very special friendship indeed, I am lucky we met through work and now we're still friends via our blogs YAY! :):):)

Mariuca December 21, 2008 7:12 PM

Roxy! I really love it when u get to CHOP, you always make it sound so cute, so try again next post okay? :)

Mariuca December 21, 2008 7:12 PM

Roxy, phew that u can see my sidebar again but my TC is still not functioning properly boo hoo! :(

Mariuca December 21, 2008 7:13 PM

MEOW MEOW! You are correct Roxy! ;)

Mariuca December 21, 2008 7:14 PM

He he he LJ! Apa lagi yg I pandai draw kan? Tu pun macam cartoon je my cat LOL!

Oh yeah, I so admire Emila and her talent, why oh why can't I draw like her? Good show Emila, we love you! :):):)

Mariuca December 21, 2008 7:15 PM

LJ, you're right, MPG's TC widget oso is a goner for now, so sad! What is taking blogger so long to get it fixed? Please don't be another BE! :(

Mariuca December 21, 2008 7:15 PM

LJ, I love ur new comment box oso, it really is cool, but I will patiently wait for all to be complete before I add that here or to MPG. In the meantime, I will have fun with yours. :):):)

Mariuca December 21, 2008 7:16 PM

LOL Foong! Thank you for noticing my magic toadstools in the drawing he he! And the bridge was drawn by Emila of coz. :):):)

Mariuca December 21, 2008 7:19 PM

Alakazam! GK is here YAY! I'm always so happy when u come to visit me Adrian cause I know just how busy u are with ur studies. And it's nice that u can enjoy a little RnR this week.

GK, of coz I had to feature Emila here! She is always so supportive of me and I truly love her work, so this was a special post indeed. Thanks for reading and hey, thanks for ur email too. I still haven't replied your mail yet, but am happy to hear lil Ellie is going to school soon wow! :):):)

Mariuca December 21, 2008 7:20 PM

Ha ha ha Monica, you too know me so well, that cat is mine alright LOL! Meow meow! :):):)

Mariuca December 21, 2008 7:20 PM

Mon, today can see my sidebar yes? My TC is still out of order though, apparently it's a problem with blogger so I can't do anything but wait! :(

Mariuca December 21, 2008 7:21 PM

Thanks Mon! Emila will be happy to see all the well wishes for her here, you rock! :)

Mariuca December 21, 2008 7:23 PM

Kimmy! That's right, we have a celebrity in da house! I am thrilled to have a famous artist friend like Emila and you too of course. You guys are just so talented and I'm really amazed. :):):)

Oh Kim! He he he, I drew the cat pic but thanks for thinking I could actually draw the house so well like the one in the pic here LOL! ;)

Mariuca December 21, 2008 7:25 PM

He he he Bintang! I punya yang meow meow tu, mmg macam budak kecik punya drawing ha ha ha! :):):)

bonoriau December 21, 2008 7:25 PM

How is your Internet line???

Mariuca December 21, 2008 7:30 PM

Hi Bono! My internet okay today but blm start EC round lagi, so we';; see later. Yours? :)

eastcoastlife December 21, 2008 9:36 PM

Congrats to Emila! She's truly talented.

Mariuca December 22, 2008 12:00 AM

She is one talented superwoman that Emila, thanks ECL! Happy Sunday. :)

Anonymous,  December 22, 2008 12:13 AM

Happy Sunday, Mariuca...almost time for Music Monday!


Monica December 22, 2008 5:22 AM

yes, today I can see your sidebar hun.. just started doing my EC round! :-D

Anonymous,  December 22, 2008 8:55 AM

Wow. What a beautiful friendship the two of you have. You are both so blessed. Happy holidays!

MisterZyl December 22, 2008 10:32 AM

nice simple paint. :)

Hey Marzie, if you have time, I hope you can do some respond to this post - Why Become A Blogger?

mangosteenskin December 22, 2008 11:07 AM

helo mariuca,

sory for haven't been here for quite some time. I only know Emila for almost a year now (thru blogging ofcoz). I am very proud of knowing her in my life, tho I never met her in person yet.

All the best to you guys!

LifeRamblings December 22, 2008 4:53 PM

congrats to emila! she deserves all the prizes and recognitions for her hardwork.

khemy December 22, 2008 5:12 PM

yeah me too proud of Emila..

foongpc December 22, 2008 11:52 PM

Oh, so I guessed correctly! Hehe. Aiyo! What happened to EC? Again cannot drop on your widget!

emilayusof December 23, 2008 2:10 AM

THank you everybody for the kind words and support! Love y'all!

Mizé December 24, 2008 2:56 AM

Hi Mariuca.
Thanks for your visit and, as usual, lots of comments!
I answered you there.
I´ve been so absorbed making paid reviews and writing for my new blog on Today, that I´m a bit late catching up comments.
Today I reserved half hour just to catch up and read your posts.
It´s so nice to have good collegues, I miss mine too. I moved to Algarve 14 years ago and left all my good friends back in my hometown. Sometimes it gets so lonely, I´m glad I have my ciber friends! But it´s not the same...

Mizé December 24, 2008 3:05 AM

Emila´s work is awsome!
I like everything I saw on her blog.
I´d like to have a Dollie too! :)

Mizé December 24, 2008 3:14 AM

You did the cat, right?
Your drawing details reminds me the ones I used to do :)
A smiling sun, a tree with fruits, a house with a chimney and smoke. The big difference is the cat! My love for cats only started as adult, In kid I used to like dogs.
Nice to see your art, if you want to check out the things I do, make me a visit in my art blog :)

Mariuca December 24, 2008 7:41 AM

Roxy! Thanks for dropping by on a Sunday and it's now Happy Wed! :)

Mariuca December 24, 2008 7:42 AM

Monica! You sound just as bad as me, starting ur round at 5am LOL! :)

Mariuca December 24, 2008 7:43 AM

Thank you Busby SEO! Emila is very special indeed and I hope we'll remain friends forever. :):):)

Mariuca December 24, 2008 7:44 AM

Hi Faizal! I'll check out your post, have a great Wed! :)

Mariuca December 24, 2008 7:45 AM

Hi Manggis, long time no see, thanks so much for coming by today! Emila is a cool person, sayang kalau tak get to know her. I'm so glad you guys met online and perhaps you'll get to meet her in person soon. :):):)

Mariuca December 24, 2008 7:46 AM

Thanks LR! Emila does work hard so she deserves every bit of success and recognition she's currently enjoying. :):):)

Mariuca December 24, 2008 7:46 AM

Ida, come we all group hug here for old time sake! YAY! :):):)

Mariuca December 24, 2008 7:47 AM

Foong, I hope u can see my widget today. Sometimes like dat la, sekejap ada sekejap takde, thanks for letting me know. :)

Mariuca December 24, 2008 7:48 AM

We love you too Emila and keep up the good work! :)

Mariuca December 24, 2008 7:49 AM

Hi Mize, thank YOU for all your comments for me here. :)

It isn't the same thing Mize, so glad u feel the same way. I love working on my own but I do miss my friends as well. I'm glad for my cyber friends of course, they keep me company 24/7 since they're from all over the world, you included! :):):)

Mariuca December 24, 2008 7:50 AM

Mize, you mean you don't have a dolly yet? Oh u must get one from Emila then, I can't wait to see yours later. :)

Mariuca December 24, 2008 7:52 AM

Ha ha ha Mize!!! You got all the details of my drawing, you're the best for noticing all the little things LOL!

Oh wow, I bet your art must be really good too, better than mine here of coz he he! ;)

Anonymous,  December 24, 2008 11:08 AM

Emila, sorry I was too late for ur opening ceremony that day. I end up having late bfast with my cousin in bangsar that day.

Marzie, can I have a copy of all those files? I def need to add more things la rather than sebijik pokok bunga only. Naive ka Emila? I rasa macam dah terer sangat masa tu...


Mariuca December 24, 2008 12:06 PM

Wah bestnye brekkie kat Bangsar DD, makan apa?

I've emailed u the pics he he, kelakarnya kita zaman dulu kan? Hugs and kisses for Ali itu! :):):)

emilayusof December 24, 2008 12:26 PM

Hahah Daliza itu! That's the word; naive! Even Yusof Gajah pun paint naive art you know!

emilayusof December 24, 2008 12:26 PM

Yes Marzie! Kelakar zaman dulu!

Mariuca December 24, 2008 12:33 PM

He he he I laik the sound of naive art Emila, comel dan innocent gitu! Group hug for my ladies here! :):):)

Tina December 27, 2008 7:41 AM

those are pretty. the bridge pic is my fave ;)

J@n!ce December 27, 2008 8:21 AM

Let me guess... did you draw the first pic? It looks much simpler since you mention you cant draw well. But on second thought you could have drawn the 2nd pic of the kitty too? hehehehe ;p

Mariuca December 27, 2008 5:21 PM

Hi Tina, the bridge belongs to Emila naturally! Thanks for viewing our pics here. :):):)

Mariuca December 27, 2008 5:22 PM

Muahahhahaha Janice! I didn't draw the first pic, mine is the meow meow he he he he he! :):):)

Fida Abbott,  May 13, 2009 10:25 PM

I guess yours is number 2. Am I right?

Recent blog post: Happy Mothers Day

Mariuca,  May 24, 2009 1:18 AM

Ha ha you are correct Fida! :)

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